In The News

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In The News

This section of the newsletter is comprised of news stories, press releases and links to Internet articles that are sent in by our members who believe they will be of general interest to the membership. We include them as a courtesy to our members but do not verify or edit their content. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by the CMAO nor do their contents reflect the views or opinions of the CMAO.

Reprinted from an official CCMA press release.

Reprinted from an official CCMA press release.

Deane Cameron to receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence

July 11, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that Deane Cameron will receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence.

“Deane Cameron has left an indelible impact on the Canadian country music industry. His tenacity for finding and mentoring great talent, and ability to stay humble amid successful results speaks to his strengths over a storied career,” said Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors.

Cameron worked his way up through the ranks of the music industry, eventually making history when he became the youngest Canadian President of a major music label in 1988. He has played a significant role in the careers of such Canadian artists as Susan Aglukark, Terri Clark, Tom Cochrane, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, John McDermott, Anne Murray, The Rankin Family, Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more. He worked equally hard in developing international musicians in Canada. Cameron has contributed to the soundtrack of nearly four eras of great music for Canadians.

During his 24 years as President of EMI Music Canada, Cameron was a trailblazer when it came to signing labels for distribution. In 2010 he became a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the arts and music, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the JUNO Awards.

“As Canadians, we proudly hold our place as the second most significant supporters and contributors to the global country music business. Past, present and future, the Canadian country music industry is a hotbed of talent,” said Deane Cameron. “I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many extraordinary artists thus far, and look forward to more exciting things to come. I’m honoured, humbled, and THRILLED to be the recipient of the Hank Smith Award of Excellence.”

Cameron was on the CCMA board of directors for 12 years. He has served on the CARAS board since 1985, and has played a key role in the development of MusiCounts. Cameron also currently sits on the board for Unison.

Deane Cameron will receive the 2014 Hank Smith Award of Excellence during a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 4 – 7 in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information on the Hank Smith Award of Excellence, and other CCMA Awards of Achievement, click here.

Shelley Buffitt is taking the stage with her new and undeniable country pop song, “DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL”. It will melt your heart, cause you to reminisce at the memories of your youth and definitely have your toes tappin’.

Shelley Buffitt is taking the stage with her new and undeniable country
pop song, “DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL”. It will melt your heart, cause you to reminisce at the memories of your youth and definitely have your toes tappin’.

Shelley Buffitt releases new single, “Daddy’s Little Girl”

Shelley is an accomplished and well established singer/songwriter and performer who has worked with Randall Cousins. together Randall and Shelley penned over 100 songs. Randall referred to this musical union as “Magical”. Their union sparked the creation of the Shelley Cousins Bands and together they produced two albums including “Can’t De-Schreiber” with artist Jessie Commisso.

Shelley’s career has garnered many accolades such as being nominated for the OCMA’s “Female Artist of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for her “My First Love” album as well as further nominations for “Rising Star” and “Duet of the Year” for “Bad Side of Town”.

“Daddy’s Little Girl” is a brilliantly crafted song and that is obvious from the first notes in the intro. Shelley’s voice is exemplary as she delivers “Daddy’s Little Girl” with passion, commitment and delight once again revealing the dedicated artist she is today.

Visit Shelley online to learn more about her.

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BLACKWELL “REDNECK STYLE” Writer: Carey Blackwell 3 Parts Cancon

Writer: Carey Blackwell
3 Parts Cancon

New trio, Blackwell releases single


We are very pleased to announce our latest addition to our roster – BLACKWELL – a spectacular new trio!

BLACKWELL is a vocal trio comprised of Carey Blackwell, brother Dan Blackwell and Braiden Turner. Since forming in 2010, they have steadily honed their craft by performing, songwriting, producing and recording!

Carey was raised in a musical family from Cochrane Ontario, and he has spent his life making music. Any musician, who has ever heard him play, will tell you he is most likely the finest guitarist they have ever heard or seen play. He is spectacular combo of Lenny Breau and the greatest guitarists in the world. Canadian singer/songwriter/songwriter Marc Jordan was instrumental in introducing Carey to Nashville producer Fred Mollin. Fred asked Carey to spend some time in Nashville co-writing with other artists. Carey, who is a wicked guitarist, then hooked up Tim Hicks, playing lead guitar in his band and co-writing with Tim. Carey also met with singer/songwriter/producer John Capek and sent “hot licks”, for projects John was working on.

During this time, Carey decided that he wanted to pursue the music business especially the entertainment side of the business as a trio. He joined forces with singer/songwriter Braiden Turner and his brother Dan Blackwell, and the group Blackwell was born.

Like Carey, Braiden is also from a musical family, and calls herself a ‘studio rat’. She has spent most of her life writing and recording her original songs at Skye Studio, her family’s business. Since she was a toddler Braiden has seen a steady stream of musicians pass through the studio doors, and she has been influenced by all of them. For example, she will tell you that from Wayne Rostad, she was inspired by his ability to capture his audiences so effectively. She also met best pal, rising country star Brea Lawrenson at Skye Studio. She and Brea struck up a BFF kind of relationship, and became the spokespersons for the Red Cross’ RespectED program, based upon the song Black and Purple, which they co-wrote. Braiden met Carey when he and Skye Studio owner Joe Turner formed their record company, Eating Crow Records, and she and Carey began working on her original material.

Braiden had written a song as a potential duet, and Carey suggested that she ask his brother, Dan Blackwell to sing the other lead. She did, and was completely stunned at Dan’s fabulous vocals, his beautiful voice and great personality. Dan, like Carey, has spent his life in the music business, as a singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist. He jumped at the opportunity to work with his brother when asked to join Blackwell.

Blackwell is a country music powerhouse; a group of gifted singer/songwriters and musicians. Their music is crossover heaven, a perfect blend of country rock, pop and haunting ballads.

On Thursday, July 17th, BLACKWELL performed at the pep rally for Ottawa’s new football team RedBlacks, helping to get the community pumped up for their first game against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday, July 18th!

In the short time of coming together as a band, they have shared the stage with Terri Clark, Kix Brooks, David Wilcox, Blue Rodeo, Shane Yellowbird and Chad Brownlee, just to name a few!

Saturday, August 2: Lombardy Fair, Lombardy, ON
Saturday, August 9: Canadian Federation of Musicians Conference – Ottawa, ON
Thursday, August 14: Vankleek Hill Fair, Vankleek, ON
Saturday, August 16: South Mountain Fair (Opening for Bobby Wills), ON

BLACKWELL will also be doing a radio tour mid to late August in Ontario.
Blackwell is a country music powerhouse; a group of gifted singer/songwriters and musicians. Their music is crossover heaven, a perfect blend of country rock, pop and haunting ballads.

For interviews please contact:
289-252-0351 /

Item 8D Photo D Amy RoseThe Redneck Diva – Amy Rose Is Hitting the Road for her first ever Ontario radio tour! And releasing a new video!

That’s right, folks! The “Redneck Diva” is hitting the road on
July 14th for a whirlwind Canadian radio tour..her first EVER! She’s
promoting her “Country Crazy” single with a series of station
visits, that will include on air interviews, performances and meet n

Here’s the itinerary:

  • Monday, July 14: C93 – OWEN SOUND / CKTI – KETTLE POINT
  • Tuesday, July 15: C95 – WINDSOR / CFCO – CHATHAM
  • Wednesday, July 16: CJDL – TILLSONBURG / CJBX – LONDON

And she’s releasing a music video!

MTS Management Group and Canadian-based country music artist, Amy Rose are happy to announce the world premiere of Amy’s music video for her current
radio single, “Country Crazy” (MTS Records) The video made its debut, Thursday, June 19, 2014, on Amy’s Youtube Channel.

Watch Amy Rose’s “Country Crazy” video at
“The release of this video has been a long time coming,” said Michael Stover of MTS Management Group. “It was filmed in Ontario, Canada in May, and it was edited in Nashville. So, it’s truly a multi-national collaboration. The video captures the excitement of the song, with some great performance shots of Amy and her band. The song’s story of the conservative office worker by day, bar-dancing ‘country crazy’ flirt by night is represented well, with plenty of location shots. I think it’s Amy’s most ambitious music video, to
date, and it should do extremely well for her.” “Country Crazy” was released to US country radio in April, with a Canadian release following in May. It is the follow-up to Amy’s chart-topping single, “Sunshine.” A Canadian radio tour is planned for mid-July.

Amy Rose is the 2013 International Music and Entertainment Association’s (IMEA) Country Entertainer of the Year. She is also the winner of the 2013 Independent Country Music Association (ICoMA) Award for Emerging Artist and the 2014 Nashville Universe Award for Best Music Video. Amy is also a 2014 New Music Awards nominee, a 2014 ICoMA Award nominee, and a 2013 Country Music Association of Ontario Award nominee.

For more information and interviews with Amy Rose, please reply to this email, or contact Michael Stover at or Deborah Wood Publicity at

Item 8E Photo E S TwainShania Twain launches school charity to help struggling kids
(Reprinted from the Calgary Herald)

Canadian country music star Shania Twain has never forgotten her difficult childhood.
Growing up in Ontario, she often went to school unfed and unwashed, and would forge sick notes to avoid telling her teachers she could not attend classes due to hunger.

At Calgary’s Catherine Nichols Gunn School on Monday, Twain launched Shania Kids Can (SKC) — a school-based charity targeting children who fall into the gap between a dysfunctional home life and social service intervention.

Children selected for the program will have access to a school clubhouse, where they will receive food, academic support and other assistance.
Twain, 49, said she had dreamed of starting a charity for children since she was a child.

“I always wished I could have had a better school and home life, and wanted to be able to give back to kids,” she said at the Calgary launch.
She hoped the program would inspire the children involved, and encourage them to enjoy their schooling.

“When I was a kid, I didn’t look forward to school . . . it was a place where I was humiliated, I was often very uncomfortable to be at school — if I’d gone to school without a lunch. or why I didn’t have clean clothes.”

She struggled to concentrate due to hunger, and was unable to bathe when her home heating was turned off in winter. Twain described her upbringing as stressful, and said she had developed her school program based on her own experiences. “I do know what it is to be in their shoes.”

If she had the benefit of a program similar to her own, Twain believed she would have been more self-confident and may have pursued her dreams of becoming an architect or a veterinarian.

“I was very insecure in the school environment. I loved school and I loved learning, it just wasn’t really a place I felt comfortable in.”

The charity, which is supported locally by the Calgary Board of Education and the Dilawri Foundation, already assists 300 children in Canada and the U.S. Three other SKC programs are due to be launched in Toronto, Regina and Vancouver. Schools operating in the charity’s designated areas can apply to join the organization. If the school meets the criteria, it will receive a $100,000 first-year budget for supplies, equipment and salaries.

The school chooses the children it believes will benefit from the program. Twain also visits the children to see how they are progressing.

Cathy Faber, superintendent of learning and innovation at CBE, said the board would monitor the success of the program and consider extending the model into other schools.
Twain is due to perform July 9 and 10 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, after her two Calgary shows sold out in minutes.
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Item 8F Photo F B MahoodBeverley Mahood to receive 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award

July 3, 2014 (Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) announced today that CCMA Award winner Beverley Mahood will receive the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. Reprinted from an official CCMA press release.

“Beverley Mahood has long used the stage and her talents to champion causes that need awareness, support and give voice to philanthropic endeavors she cares deeply about,” said Ron Kitchener, Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors. “She effortlessly exudes goodwill, making Beverley a deserving recipient of the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award.”

A successful singer, songwriter, actress, model and television host, Beverley Mahood is the complete package. Beyond being a popular and dynamic entertainer, Mahood has always exemplified an unwavering commitment to humanitarian work. With a passion for community endeavors that nearly rivals her love of music, Mahood’s main calling card is charitable causes that benefit children.

2014 marked Mahood’s 17th consecutive year co-hosting the Kinsmen Telemiracle, which raises funds for families of children with disabilities and people with special needs within the province of Saskatchewan. Mahood devotes her time to this 20-hour live event annually, often spending up to a week in her home province pre-show to promote and engage the local community. Over $65 million dollars has been raised via the Kinsmen Telemiracle since Mahood began co-hosting, an impressive figure given the province’s one million-person population.

In addition, Mahood is a long-time supporter of Canada’s Food Banks, Corus Feed Kids and Tom Jackson’s The Huron Carole. She is also the national spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign which supports breast cancer research, a role she has happily filled since 2010. There are at least a dozen other organizations and programs she has made time to support over the years.

“As artists, we are blessed with having the privilege of a voice and a stage. With this comes a responsibility to use this privilege so those without a voice can be heard. Children, in particular, need that voice,” noted Beverley Mahood. “I am very fortunate to be involved in meaningful community service with the most dedicated and passionate people. Slaight Music are these kind of people, and the Slaight Humanitarian Award is an honour I will treasure.”

“The Slaight Music Humanitarian Award was created to acknowledge artists such as Beverley Mahood – those who use their music career as a springboard for humanitarian work,” said Gary Slaight, President and CEO of Slaight Communications. “Beverley’s reputation for being humbly philanthropic precedes her. I want to congratulate her on her tireless efforts, and thank her for being a role model in the music community.”

Beverley Mahood will receive the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award during a private industry event held during Country Music Week, which takes place September 4 – 7 in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information on the Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, and other CCMA Awards of Achievement, click here.

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k.d. lang, Hank Snow, Shania Twain, Tommy Hunter and Renee Martel Honored on Canadian Postage (two of them Ontarians)

Canadian Country Artists honoured by Canada Post

Canada Post will issues five new stamps on July 31 honoring five Canadian country music greats.

k.d. lang, Hank Snow, Shania Twain, Tommy Hunter and Renee Martel have been chosen for the series which will be made available in ten stamp packs and as a souvenir sheet with all five stamps. These will be non-denominational stamps (currently 85 cents) which work the same as the U.S.’s forever stamps.

Design of the stamps were by Xerxes Irani (Twain, Snow, Martel) and Roy White of Subplot (Hunger, lang). According to Linns Stamp News, four million Twain stamps will be produced, three million lang, 2.5 million Hunter and Snow and two million Martel.

Tommy Hunter will be joined by Canada Post representatives in London to do the unveiling of his stamp in a special ceremony.

· WHO: Tommy Hunter, Peter Scott (Director, Retail Sales, Canada Post)
· WHEN: Thursday, July 31 at 11:00 AM
· WHERE: Canada Post outlet at The London Business Centre (387 Wellington Rd., London)

Interviews will be conducted immediately following the unveiling.

Item 8H Photo H L DanilesLeah Daniels wins CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is pleased to announce that Uxbridge, Ontario’s Leah Daniels is the winner of the 2014 CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest. Daniels had been selected to represent the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) in this fan-voted contest hosted online by the CCMA. The highlights of winning this contest include securing a performance spot at one industry and one public event during this year’s Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta, September 4 – 7.

Firstly, Daniels will perform at the CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards, the first awards ceremony held during Country Music Week, where some of Canada’s most influential industry professionals in the areas of radio, retail, design, direction and production will be onsite and honoured for their achievements. Secondly, she’ll perform as part of the CCMA Pre-Show, Countdown Concert. A mere hours before the official 2014 CCMA Awards broadcast begins inside Rexall Place, the place to be will be the Pre-Show. This family-friendly and free event, taking place just outside of Rexall, will feature a Countdown Concert consisting of some of Canada’s favourite county artists, including Daniels. The Countdown Concert, which also includes a fan-friendly host, food trucks, vendors and a photo booth for fans to capture the fun, will lead into the CCMA and John Deere Green Carpet arrivals for the official broadcast. Aside from these coveted performance spots, Daniels will also collect additional prizing.

Thank you to the Provincial Country Music and Provincial Music Industry Associations from across Canada who supported and endorsed their local country talent in this national initiative; and congratulations, Leah!

Item 8I Photo I brea lawrensonBrea Lawrenson releases ‘Hell On High Heels’

One of Canada’s most exciting new female artists – BREA LAWRENSON releases her latest single – “Hell On High Heels” a sassy summer tune!
Writers: Brea Lawrenson and Steve Foley
With every release, Brea continues to grow her fan base at radio and with listeners!

On Saturday, August 2nd Brea will take the stage as one of the Final 8 for Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase. This event can definitely be a career changer for a young artist and we wish Brea lots of luck on this day for her chance to appear on Sunday, August 3rd just prior to Hunter Hayes hitting the stage!

So please give a listen to the latest -“Hell On High Heels”!

Brea Lawrenson is a voice radio listeners identify with and love!
For more information on Brea Lawrenson please go to:
For interviews please contact:
289-252-0351 /

Item 8J Photo J NiagaraCountry is coming back to Niagara
(From a media release July 3rd 2014)

It’s official, Niagara is getting a new FM radio station. Country music is coming back!

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has officially announced that RB Communications (91.7 GIANT FM) has been awarded a second FM license to serve Niagara.

Country 89 will be heard throughout the region at 89.1FM and will specialize in today’s best country. Today’s country has become one of the fastest growing radio formats in Canada featuring top artists such as Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and many more!

Pat St. John, President of RB Communications, is thrilled to make this very special announcement and is looking froward to putting the station on the air later this fall. Mr. St. John said, “The decision to offer Today’s Best Country was based on extensive market research with the application in progress for over two years. Country 89 will also feature strong local news, sports, weather and traffic, including an ongoing commitment to promote local events and highlight local talent. Country 89 is going to be an exciting radio station, something Niagara listeners have asked for and will truly enjoy”.

Item 8K Photo K seatsBest Seats In The House Fundraiser

HAVELOCK, ON – The Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH) Foundation is thrilled to be partnering once again with the Havelock Country Jamboree on the BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE Fundraiser. Beginning July 15th country music fans will get their chance to see their favourite artists up-close and personal at the 25th Annual Havelock Country Jamboree, while raising funds for cancer diagnostic equipment at CMH. Jamboree hosts Paula Chopik & Ed Leslie have again donated 15 “BEST SEATS” for every performance at this year’s event to be auctioned off in support of the CMH Foundation. Winning bidders will be able to sit where the Stars, their family and friends sit for the show – front row and centre – THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE!

“This great opportunity allows fans to see their favourite stars up close, while supporting cancer diagnostics,” says John Russell, Executive Director of the CMH Foundation. “We are honoured to once again have the support of the Jamboree and the performers on this fundraising effort.” Paula and Ed, and the Havelock Country Jamboree staff, did “THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE” fundraiser in 2010 in support of the CT Campaign and again in 2013 to help fund the purchase of the new digital mammography machine. The “BEST SEATS” auction is a highlight on the Hospital Foundation’s fundraising calendar,” says Russell, “but it also highlights the importance of funding new equipment for Campbellford Memorial Hospital.”

NEW THIS YEAR! The auction has changed a bit this year with special ONE DAY ONLY auctions for the Jamboree headliners. For example, July 15th, is ALAN JACKSON DAY with “BEST SEATS” to his show going on the auction block until 10:00 p.m. that day. The next day, July 16th, is DIERKS BENTLEY DAY and July 17th is JOSH TURNER/JOE NICHOLS DAY. Then beginning July 18th, interested bidders can bid on the remaining “BEST SEATS” for their chance to sit inches away from the stage while their favourite artist performs. Also new this year is a BUY IT NOW option for many of the Jamboree performers.

For more information and to register for the “BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE” Auction go to the Havelock Country Jamboree website at, click on the BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE button, OR and get ready for the bidding to begin. The auction closes on Friday, July 25th at 10 p.m. (Subject to change). Other performers for the 25th Anniversary of the Jamboree include Kellie Pickler, DOC WALKER, Michelle Wright, Charlie Major, Suzy Bogguss and The Mavericks.

The Havelock Country Jamboree is one of country music fans most loved events. The CMH Foundation thanks all those involved for with this exhilarating fundraiser, which will help save lives with new diagnostic equipment at Campbellford Memorial Hospital – your local hospital serving your health needs – ready when you need us!

Item 8L Photo 1 M LorrieMyrna Lorrie and Shane Chisholm coming to Purple Hill Country Hall

Sunday August 10th at 2PM, Purple Hill is OVERJOYED to present Country Music Hall of Famer MYRNA LORRIE !!!! That’s right folks, ‘THE’ MYRNA LORRIE is about to grace the stage at Purple Hill Country Opry!! Everybody is abuzz with this news and we cannot wait to meet this beautiful and talented Canadian Icon of Country Music! These tickets will be selling FAST, so call Anna now 519-461-0538 to reserve your seat.

Tickets Only $40 / person – including our Roast Beef Dinner! You will not want to miss this!

At age 14 she was an instant star when Buddy DeVal & Myrna Lorrie wrote and recorded the song “Are you Mine”. It was song of the year in the U.S and Canada. She went on to have several hits for Columbia Records, 6 number one hits in Canada and the U.S. Myrna Lorrie made numerous appearances on the Don Messer Jubilee Show and the Tommy Hunter Show. She hosted many TV shows including Country Time on CBC, Nashville Swing and made numerous Grand Ole Opry appearances, and toured North America with Hank Snow!

Myrna won two Juno awards for Best Country Female Singer of the Year and Female Singer and Entertainer of the Year with Big Country Awards. Her signature song “Are You Mine” became a world wide country standard. Myrna Lorrie’s song writing talents have provided additional depth. As well as writing many of her own hit songs, Myrna’s compositions have also been recorded by other stars such as Carroll Baker and Jerry Palmer, Roger Whittaker, Red Sovine , George Jones and Margie Singleton, Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn.

Myrna was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and Country Music Hall of Honour in 1996.

Item 8L Photo 2 S ChisholmWe are so pleased and proud to have Myrna Lorrie come to entertain at the Purple Hill Country Music Hall! Purple Hill Country Show Band Welcomes Country Star Myrna Lorrie and Canadian Recording Artist Eric Shain.

Also, welcoming Country Music Award Winner Shane Chisholm & Michael Warren – a popular Canadian Singer and Recording Artist

Item 8M Photo M M DaneMarshall Dane Tops The Roots Music Report Singles And Albums Chart

MTS Management Group would like to congratulate Canadian country rocker, Marshall Dane on his Number One Roots Music Report Pop Country Single, “Alcohol Abuse” and Number One Pop Country Album, One Of These Days. The Dan Brodbeck-produced single and album top their respective charts for the week of July 20, 2014. Dane bests Top 5 singles and albums by Chris Young, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry and Cole Swindell. This is Dane’s first RMR chart-toppingsingle. His album topped the charts back in April.

“We’re thrilled for Marshall’s successes here in the states, and around the world,” said Michael Stover of MTS Management Group, who are responsible for US and international radio and publicity for the releases. “Alcohol Abuse” has really done a lot to put Marshall on the map. For a debut single to come out and top the New Music Weekly charts, hit Top 60 on Music Row, AND top the Roots Music charts…it’s a pretty incredible feat. Thank you, radio and the fans, and congrats, Marshall!”

Marshall Dane is based in Port Credit, Ontario, Canada. He is a four-time Country Music Association of Ontario Nominee, having been nominated for Best Male and Best Album in both 2013 and 2014. Dane is also nominated for several 2014 Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Single of the Year, Best Live Performance and Best Songwriter. “Alcohol Abuse” was released in the US in February. For more information, visit

Roots Music Report compiles radio airplay data reported by radio station DJ’s, Music Directors and Program Directors around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which artists are being played the most on these stations. For more information and to view the charts, visit

Reprinted from UNISON’s Healthy Living Guide – On the Road Again

No matter what your genre or your role – touring is tough. Long hours, cramped quarters and a lot of potential stress. Here are some simple tips to survive, and to keep your body from giving out on you.


Long before you hit the road set a schedule of two or three-hour long driving shifts. We all know the dangers of getting tired behind the wheel, but setting clear expectations and switching drivers more frequently is good for the physical and mental health of everyone on the tour. Those quick breaks between shifts will give everyone chance to release built up tension and stretch their legs, and keep all your drivers focused. If you have enough people, schedule a co-pilot as well (especially if you are driving through the night). It’s the co-pilots job to navigate and make sure the driver is alert.


It’s hard enough to get to the gym when it’s ten minutes from your home. When you are on the road, try taking a long walk when you can. If you’re staying in hotels, make time to use the pool. Folding bikes and yoga mats can also be good space-saving ways to allow for easy exercise while on tour. Even if you only exercise once every two or three days it can greatly reduce the stress and strain on your body, and ease the effects of that post-tour crash.


Touring usually means no access to a kitchen or refrigerator, but keeping healthy snacks handy can keep you from settling for whatever junk food is most available. If you have a rider, request fresh fruits and healthy snacks, not sugary treats, as you are most likely to eat whatever is at hand. Get a small cooler and stock fresh or dried fruit, nuts, trail mix, vegetables and hummus. For a better sleep and rested body, don’t skip breakfast, make sure you are eating throughout the day, and try to avoid eating after a late-night gig when you are worn down. If you remember nothing else, remember to always take the grilled, over the fried.

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1 Register online with Unison.

2 Contact Unison’s Assistance Program at 1-855-9UNISON.

3 Let the counsellor know you are with the Unison Benevolent Fund.

4 Prepare to get healthier.